Olivia Newton John
Olivia Newton Johnwas born on September 26, 1948 in Cambridge England. Her parents were Brinley and Irene (Born) Newton John When Olivia was five, she and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia. At the age of 15, Olivia formed her first band. It was an all girl band called the Sol Four, and became a regular on local television and radio shows in Australia. She entered a talent contest on the television program, Sing, Sing, Sing, which was hosted by the 1960's Australian icon Johnny O’Keefe. She performed, Anyone Who had a Heart and Everything’s Coming Up Roses. She won the contest and received a trip to England as a prize. In 1966, Olivia cut her first solo single, Till You Say You’ll be Mine b/w Forever, for Decca Records in England. Olivia was recruited for the group, Tomorrow, which was an idea of producer Don Kirshner’s, who also created the Monkees. The group failed and disbanded. In 1971, Olivia released her first solo album, If Not For You. It was her first international hit which reached number 25 on the Pop chart and number 1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. The next follow up, Banks of the Ohio was a Top 10 in England and Australia but only made it to number 94 on the U. S. Pop chart and number 34 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Let Me be There was released in 1973 and reached number 6 in the Top 10 Pop chart, number 7 on the Country chart, and number 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It also earned her a Grammy Award for Best Country female in 1973. 1974 brought her album, Long Live Love. From it came the album, If You Love Me Let me Know. The title song was a hit and the single I Honestly Love Youmas well was a great hit and has become her signature song.
Olivia’s career reached great heights after she starred in the hit movie musical, Grease in 1978. She starred along with John Travolta and the two were a big hit. They seemed to be born for the roles they portrayed. The movie was the biggest box office hit of 1978. It was such a hit that it was re-released in 1998.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Olivia began raising funds for breast cancer. She received her diagnosis the same day her father passed away. She was a survivor and has changed her style of songs. Much of the money from the sale of her albums goes to breast cancer research.
Olivia had one a daughter while married to Matt Lattanzi in 1986. She was married to matt from 1984 until 1995. In 1996 Olivia lived with Patrick mcDermott and in 2005 he went missing during a fishing trip off of the coast of California. Olivia was on vacation at her home in Australia at the time, and is not a suspect. On June 4, 2006, Fox news reported that some witnesses claimed to have seen Patrick alive and well in Mexico.It is believed that he may have staged his own disappearance to avoid court proceedings brought on by his ex-wife for child support.
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